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Royal salute

Reference to the article “30 years of the world’s coldest war” by Dinesh Kumar (Sunday Tribune, April 13), the story on the ‘Siachen anniversary’ was a touching account of our forces which occupied the icy heights and saved our coldest region, where temperature dips to minus 50 degrees Celsius. Even the approach to the glacier, which was only by air, was too risky as the planes had to pass through a chain of high mountains. Our soldiers have to live in special clothing and with special rations and dietary supplements provided by the government. Hats off to the Indian Army for undertaking such a courageous work in the treacherous terrain.

PN Gupta, Sangrur

High on hope

Nilekani deserves to be a part of Parliament (‘Learning software of politics, the hard way’ by Raj Chengappa; Ground Zero; Sunday Tribune, April 13). Denying ‘Modi wave’ in his area in Bengaluru, he is confident of winning the seat despite UPA-II’s tortoise speed achievements and incumbency. He knows the concept of good governance in neo-liberal era, which should be the theme of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Delivering promises is the key to good governance. The youth is attracted to him, which will make a huge difference for his rivals. Persons of such calibre should be given a chance to work for public interest.

Nikhil Sharma, Bilaspur


Nandan Nilekani’s decision to discard a lucrative software business and jump into the vitriol of politics is well intentioned and well timed. He is fired with the passion to change the murky political system prevalent in the country. His clean image, high-tech campaign techniques, ability to woo voters with diverse aspirations, a democratic and secular outlook and a novel mantra to eradicate corruption will stand him in good stead in the hustings. Hopefully, his electoral success will be a national asset.

Harmohit Singh, Hoshiarpur

Lest one forgets

Kishwar Desai’s article “Polling the tough questions, answer lies with voter” (Sunday Tribune, April 13) was thought provoking. It is indeed mind boggling how the Sikhs as a community forgot the barbaric tragedy so easily. There are many factors for this. Firstly, the resilience of the Sikhs. Secondly, the electronic media was not there on the scene in 1984, and thirdly, Sikhs do not constitute an important vote bank across the nation. So, they were of not much ‘use’ to secularists in general and the Congress in particular. Muslims, on the other hand, particularly Gujarati Muslims could have also forgotten the Gujarat riots, but neither the media nor the secularists — for their own selfish interests —allowed them to do so. It all boils down to dirty vote-bank politics.

AK Sharma, Chandigarh

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